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Office of Civil Rights Investigation

The Buffalo media has picked up the report that Canisius is one of 95 universities in the country being investigated by the federal Office of Civil Rights for its handling of sexual violence complaints.  The college received notice of this investigation in December and referred it to its carrier.  The college’s appearance on this list and being the subject of a Title IX investigation in no way indicates that the college is violating or has violated the law.  Our public statement to the media is as follows:
The investigation arises out of a single incident that occurred out of the country involving two students and has already been fully investigated and adjudicated through the college’s disciplinary processes.  A party to that proceeding initiated the complaint with the OCR after the college’s adjudication.  Canisius has very stringent student conduct codes and processes for investigating and adjudicating all claims of student misconduct.  The college’s processes have been developed in consultation with legal counsel and fully meet the requirements of federal and state law.  The college is satisfied that it has followed its procedures in all cases, including the incident that is the subject of this investigation.  Canisius is cooperating fully with OCR in the investigation.  As the details of this investigation are confidential and as this arises out of student conduct and involves legal issues, the college will have no further comment on this matter.

Submitted by: Terri L. Mangione, PhD, vice president for student affairs and dean of students

Third VPAA Search Forum Today and Finalist Evaluation Form Available Online

The last campus forum for the remaining finalist for the Vice President for Academic Affairs position will be held today from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

William “Jeff” Welsh, PhD, currently dean of graduate and continuing education and professor of history at Scranton University, Scranton, PA will give a 20 minute presentation on approaching the challenges facing higher education, generally, and talk more specifically on the issues most relevant to Canisius College. A Q & A session will follow.

The position description, cover letters and CVs for the candidates are available for review on the myCanisius portal at the “VP Academic Affairs” link posted at the top, blue boarder of the portal’s main page. A web-based evaluation has also will been posted there for you to submit feedback on the candidates. Evaluation forms for each of the candidates will be open until 5:00 p.m. the day following the forum. 

Please consider attending the open session and completing the web-based evaluation.  Your input is very important to the search process.

Thank you on behalf of President Hurley and the Search Committee:

Dr. Mary C. O’Sullivan Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, co-chair
Dr. Terri L. Mangione Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, co-chair
Marco F. Benedetti Vice President for Business & Finance
Anne Marie Dobies Assistant VP/Director, Griff Center for Academic Engagement
Dr. Kristin E. Finn Professor, Teacher Education
Blair W. Foster Assoc. VP for Academic Affairs and Registrar
Dr. Michael V. Haselswerdt Professor, Political Science
Dr. Mark Hodin Professor, English and Chair of English Department
Leah M. MacVie Instructional Designer
Dr. Sarah R. Morris Professor, Biology
Dr. Mary E. Shea Professor, Graduate Education & Leadership
Dr. Richard A. Shick Dean, Wehle School of Business
Dr. Coral R. Snodgrass Professor, Management

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, assistant to the president

Canisius Introduces New Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services

Canisius College announces a new bachelor’s degree in human services, beginning in fall of 2015. Current students can enroll anytime.

The new human services program is a diverse, applied academic discipline that involves the study of social systems in order to prevent and remediate human problems. The major is ideal for students who want to help individuals and families solve problems, work with the elderly and aging, provide nutritional/health planning and programming for communities, or work with at-risk populations or those connected with the criminal justice system. Core courses focus on human growth and development, social and cultural diversity, family dynamics, children, schools, and the community and management of human services programs.

“The School of Education is pleased to offer this new major to current and entering Canisius students,” says Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services. “The human services major meets a market demand and also aligns closely with our Jesuit mission. Non-profit agencies are one of the largest employers in Western New York. These agencies and their employees help individuals and families live more independent and productive lives, and many current and prospective Canisius students are attracted to this same mission.”

Graduates of the program will be qualified to work as case managers, child advocates, group home workers, parole officers, gerontology aides, and welfare reform advocates, among others. The program also provides a strong foundation for graduate education in counseling, social work or education.

To learn more or to enroll in the program, contact 1-800-843-1517 or visit

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication